By Steve Gillman, author of "101 Weird Ways to Make Money."
If you want to make your millions, or even just make some
extra income, having the right money mindset can help. I learned
this myself when I gave up whining about the way things are and
started doing what was necessary to make money. After some seventy
or eighty jobs and money-making schemes, I found my calling online,
publishing websites. One of the more than forty that my wife
and I built was http://www.housesunderfiftythousand.com,
based on our experience looking for and finding a cheap home.
By itself it has produced more income in some years than any
job Ive had.
When we started, I hated computers. I knew nothing about "html,"
and nothing about marketing a website. Previously I would have
used these facts as excuses for not starting our business or
for just "giving it a try," meaning doing it in less-than-effective
ways, and so "proving" that it wouldnt work.
But we gave it our all, and it did work. In time it led toamong
other opportunitiesa contract to write 101 Weird Ways
to Make Money.
Writing guest posts on blogs as part of promotion for the
book (and because I like to write, of course), generated a lot
of comments. Most were positive, but then there were the criticisms.
Some are fair or at least honest, although Im not sure
why people would expect a full treatise on each way to make money
when 101 are covered in one book. Many comments, however, are
what I have to call whiny. They are indicative of a money mindset
that is less-than-productive, to put it mildly.
For example, one reader said that all the bounty hunter positions
in his area went to former military, ex-police, or friends
of the company. That might be a fact where he is, but does
it justify the This guy is a phony comment that followed?
It seems to me that the chapter on bounty hunting might have
been useful to former military, and ex-police officers at the
very least. In any case, did the commenter think he must qualify
for every job in the book for it not to be phony?
More likely it is simply indicative of a poor money mindset.
If I wanted to be a bounty hunter and I saw what he sees, I would
look to befriend bail bondsmen, or I would get officer training,
or I would create a case for being hired without these qualifications.
At some point maturity requires getting past whining about the
way things are and dealing with what exists. Thats an important
step in developing a money mindset that makes financial or career
success more likely.
Another commenter attacked my quote about foreclosure cleaning;
Low wages make it easier to get these positions,"
and added, I'm sorry, did I stumble onto RedState.com?
Hey, it wasnt meant as a political statement on my part.
If he wants to fight for higher wages through political means,
he is free to do so. But the simple truth is that low wages in
some industries do make it easier to get started, and my post
was about jobs that could become businesses, not about jobs as
final destinations. I know people who started out as low-paid
employees and used the experience to then start their own very
successful businesses. They had the right money mindset.
Things are what they are. Wages are low in some areasperhaps
even unfairly low. It takes more money than most people have
to start some businesses. Some opportunities are limited to certain
areas of the country. Others require experience and certifications
to start. Certain businesses are just plain tough. Thats
the way it is.
If you have a good money mindset you wont use any of
these facts as excuses, and you will not choose whining over
work. You will instead look at low wages as something that lets
you easily get experience for future entrepreneurial ventures.
You will look for a business you can afford to start (My wife
and I started our online business with a few hundred dollars,
while living in a mobile home). You will move to where the action
is if its that action you want. Youll get the experience
you need and give up somethinganythingto pay for
the certifications required. You will do what you have to do
Thats what it means to have a good mindset when it comes
to matters of making money. Think about the people you have seen
succeeding. Now, think about any men or women you know who are
great at explaining why things wont work. How well has
that approach worked for them? Im not trying to be harsh,
and many of my own friends are expert explainers and complainers
while also being good decent people
but they are not my
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